WHERE BUSINESS GETS DONE

Connect Faith is the premier B2B conference in which faith-based meeting planners meet with representatives from CVBs, hotels, convention centers and other venues eager to host their next event. Attendees walk away with inspiration, business leads and connections that only Connect events can provide.

Connect Southeast is a premier B2B conference in which association and corporate meeting planners based in the Southeastern U.S. meet with representatives from CVBs, hotels, convention centers and other venues eager to host their next event. Attendees walk away with business leads and connections that only Connect events can provide.

Michael Jr.

MEET OUR KEYNOTE

Known as one of today’s most gifted communicators, Michael Jr brings laughter and encouragement to audiences all over the world. Using comedy and dynamic storytelling he inspires audiences to discover and activate their purpose. This unique skill set has landed him on stages like “The Tonight Show” on NBC, TEDx talks and Jimmy Kimmel Live. His mission to make laughter commonplace in uncommon places means that he also seeks opportunities to share his gift with those in homeless shelters and prisons. You can find him in Sony Pictures’ feature film “War Room,” as well as starring roles in “Selfie Dad,” “Laughing on Purpose,” and “More Than Funny.”

Little Rock, Arkansas

Discover the pleasant surprise of Little Rock. Charming hospitality, sincere service, genuine people and engaging experiences will have your attendees asking for more. There’s nothing little about Little Rock – our meeting venues, accommodations and first-class restaurants offer convenient service and value to the business traveler.

Join Us for an Inspirational FAM of Little Rock

Connect and the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau are proud to offer an unforgettable experience on Oct. 2-3, directly before Connect Faith. Learn about Little Rock’s history and meet one of the people who made it: Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine who helped desegregate public schools in 1957. Then, tour Little Rock’s modern amenities that make it a prime destination for meetings and events.

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Apply to join the FAM here.

Little Rock FAM

Planners

Planners who would like to qualify to attend this event should click below to register.

Suppliers

To register for this event, please reach out to your sales representative or Derek Rodriguez.

CONNECT FAITH AGENDA 

(Subject to Change)

Monday, Oct. 3, 2022

2:15-3 p.m.

Registration
Statehouse Convention Center, Governor’s Halls Pre-Function Space

2:15-3 p.m.

Education
Statehouse Convention Center, Wally Allen Ballroom

“Multiply: It’s Time to Expand Your Territory,” presented by Dr. Nicole Roberts Jones

3:15-4 p.m.

Education
Statehouse Convention Center, Wally Allen Ballroom

“Operational Intelligence: Exclusive Insights from One of Walmart’s Biggest Meetings’ of the Year,” presented by Bryan Smith, Director, Event Solutions, Walmart and Shelley Hodgkinson, Senior Director Shows & Events, Walmart

6-8:30 p.m.

Opening Reception Hosted by Arkansas Tourism and the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau

Little Rock River Market Pavilions

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022

7:30-8:30 A.M.

Hosted Breakfast

9-11 a.m.

1-on-1 Appointments
Statehouse Convention Center, Governor’s Halls 1 & 2

 

11-11:30 a.m.

Devotional
Statehouse Convention Center, Wally Allen Ballroom

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Lunch
Statehouse Convention Center, Wally Allen Ballroom Pre-Function Space

1-2 p.m.

Keynote featuring Michael Jr.
Robinson Center Auditorium

2-2:30 p.m.

Education
Robinson Center Auditorium

“How to Be You,” presented by Reily McClendon, Vice President of Creative & Technology, Akire Productions

2:30-3:15 p.m.

Education
Robinson Center Auditorium

“Event Boom Doesn’t Mean Event Burnout,” presented by Melva LaJoy Legrand, Founder, LaJoy Plans

3:45-5 p.m.

1-on-1 Appointments
Statehouse Convention Center, Governor’s Halls 1 & 2

5-6:30 p.m.

Evening Reception, Hosted by Connect
Riverview Room, Little Rock Marriott

6:30 p.m.

Open Night

Organize a dinearound of Little Rock or explore this great destination on your own. There is much to see and do here!

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022

9-11:30 a.m.

1-on-1 Appointments
Statehouse Convention Center, Governor’s Halls 1 & 2

11:30 a.m.

Departures

OUR SPONSORS

Little Rock
Arkansas TOurism
PEORIA
Kalahari
Wichita
Branson
Ontario
Beaumont
Detroit
Greensboro NC CVB
Groups 360
Fort Worth
Hyatt
Farm Bureau Expo Center

SPEAKERS

Michael JR

Michael Jr.

Dr. Nicole Roberts

Dr. Nicole Roberts Jones

Reily McClendon, Vice President of Creative & Technology, Akire Productions

Reily McClendon, Vice President of Creative & Technology, Akire Productions

Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith, Director, Event Solutions, Walmart

Shelley Hodgkinson Senior Director, Shows & Events, Walmart

Shelley Hodgkinson Senior Director, Shows & Events, Walmart

Melva LaJoy Legrand

Melva LaJoy Legrand, LaJoy Plans

PLANNERS

Planners interested in qualifying for and attending this event should click below

SUPPLIERS

To register for this event, please reach out to your sales representative or Derek Rodriguez.

Terms and Conditions: By registering for and attending the event I consent to and agree to abide by the terms, conditions and code of conduct posted here.

Connect Cancellation Policy: Connect requires registration to be paid in full to access any live event. Any special billing or payment arrangement must be made in writing and agreed upon between Connect management and the client seeking event access. Please see below for cancellation policy. Cancellations requested inside of 30 days to event date – Client forfeits 100% of registration fee. Cancellations requested 31-90 days prior to event date – Client forfeits 50% of registration fee and the remaining 50% can be used towards a new product purchase in the same calendar year. Cancellations requested over 90 days to the event date – Client may apply 100% of the registration fee to a new product purchase or service in the same calendar year.

Photo Release: Connect and its legal representatives and assigns, retain the right and permission to publish, without charge, photographs taken during this event. These photographs may be used in publications, including electronic publications, or in audio-visual presentations, promotional literature, advertising, or in other similar ways.

Medical Release: With registration, the attendee agrees and acknowledges they are participating in the conference on their own free will. While Connect does its best to provide the safest possible environment for the events, the attendee acknowledges freely and knowingly that as a result of their registration and participation, they hereby assume responsibility for their own well-being and safety, releasing Connect of any harm.

Connect Southeast
Oct. 3-5, Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Must be physically located in the Southeastern
    states
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect West
Nov. 9-10, San Francisco

  • Must be physically located in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and/or New Mexico
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect Winter Marketplace
Nov. 28-29, Washington, DC

Connect DC

  • Must be a Corporate or Association Planner that is physically located in the DMV area
  • Third Parties are allowed with completed Trusted Planner Form
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect Med | Tech

  • Must plan meetings or events that serve the Medical OR Technology industries
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • May be located anywhere in the United States
  • Must have the ability to source meetings nationally

Connect Pacific Northwest
Nov. 14-16, El Paso, TX

  • Must be physically located in Texas
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect Pacific Northwest
Sept. 19-20, Boise, Idaho

  • Must be physically located in WA, OR, ID, Northern California or Vancouver
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally
  • Must demonstrate a solid 2-year event history

Connect Florida
Sept. 13-15, Kissimmee Florida

  • Corporate or national association planner based in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect Faith
Oct. 3-5, Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Must plan faith-based meetings & events
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect Spring Marketplace
May 22-24, Puerto Rico
M
ore than 2,000 event professionals are expected for this industry leading event in Puerto Rico. Tracks include:

  • Association
    • Event must be able to rotate nationally
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • 2-year history planning events
  • Corporate
    • Financial
    • Medical
    • Technology
      • Event must be able to rotate nationally
      • 50+ room nights on peak
      • 2-year history planning events
    • Citywides
      • At least 1,000 room rights with 100,000 square feet of exhibit space
    • Diversity
      • Planners for multicultural and inclusive organizations
      • Ability to rotate nationally
      • 2-year history planning events
    • Luxury & Incentive
      • Proven history using 5-star hotels and resorts for events
      • Ability to rotate nationally
    • Sports
      • Rights holders and event planners for tournaments/competitions that rotate nationally with at least 50 room nights on peak
      • LGBTQ+ Summit

Connect Marketplace
Aug. 8-10, Detroit
More than 4,000 event professionals are expected for Connect’s largest annual event.

  • Association
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • Solid 2-year history planning events
  • Corporate
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • Solid 2-year history planning events
    • Event must be able to rotate nationally
  • Specialty
    • Planners of SMERF (Social, Military, Educational, and Fraternal) events
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • Solid 2-year history planning events
    • Event must be able to rotate nationally
  • Sports
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • Solid 2-year history planning events
    • Event must be able to rotate nationally
    • Women in Sports Tourism Forum
  • BizBash
    • Must be a decision maker who is responsible for the procurement of event activations and experiences
    • Does NOT source meetings & events with hotels or CVBs
    • Third Parties and Intermediaries are not yet allowed to participate
    • If you are a Third Party/Intermediary, we encourage you to apply for the Connect track that is best suited for you